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Janice’s Journal: CA Action Alert: It’s Time to Protest Exclusion of Registrants from Prison Releases

In my last column, I implored the California Department of Corrections (CDC) to include registrants in its release of prisoners that began on July 1 due to a growing number of COVID-19 infections in the state’s prisons.  Since that time, the number of prisoners infected with COVID-19 has increased dramatically in three of those prisons: San Quentin, Avenal and Chuckwalla.

That is why I am writing this column.  We cannot and should not stand by while thousands of prisoners, including individuals convicted of a sex offense, are exposed to this deadly virus.

As of today, a total of 7,739 prisoners have been reported as infected with COVID-19.  That total is certain to underrepresent the actual number of infected prisoners because, according to CDC, only 30 percent of prisoners have been tested for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

In only one of those prisons, San Quentin, it is reported that there are 2,168 prisoners infected with COVID-19.  This compares to only 14 infected prisoners a month ago.  Of that total, 19 prisoners are reported to have already died from COVID-19 and hundreds of additional deaths are expected.

According to the national media, San Quentin is already being referred to as a death camp.  A camp from which hundreds of prisoners are being released although none of the released prisoners are registrants.

What can we do?  It is time to protest the inhumanity of refusing to release all prisoners who are registrants!

Because it is unsafe for many of us to protest in person at this time, I recommend we start our protest by sending letters and/or emails to the offices of both CDC Secretary Ralph Diaz and Governor Gavin Newsom:

CDC Secretary Ralph Diaz
1515 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95827

Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

I also recommend that we call their offices to complain:

CDC Secretary Ralph Diaz
916- 323-6001

Governor Gavin Newsom

The message I propose you send to Secretary Diaz is “modify your release plans in order to include prisoners convicted of a sex offense in the current and future prison releases.

The message I propose you send to Governor Newsom is “fire Secretary Diaz for his past failure to release prisoners convicted of a sex offense during this global pandemic.”

Let’s flood these offices with letters and calls.  Depending upon the responses we receive, we may need to grow the protest in other ways.  Please stay tuned.


Related article (for additional ideas on what to write):

Janice’s Journal: Let My People Go

Related video:

John Oliver Dissects the Deadly Spread of COVID-19 in Prisons and Jails []


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Does anyone care about this issue? The silence is deafening. This column on a compelling topic, registrants in COVID filled prisons, was posted about 24 hours ago and yet there are NO comments. How many people reading this comment remember when they or a loved one were incarcerated? Perhaps you can connect with that feeling and find empathy for those who are currently in custody. If so, please speak up….on this website and by calling Secretary Diaz and Governor Newsom. Thank you.

My fellow registrants, WILL YOU JUST STAND BY AND LET PEOPLE DIE BECAUSE YOU ARE “TOO BUSY”? Only 8% of the people who got our email clicked on the link to see how to write! Just 8%! If you won’t take the time, WHY SHOULD YOU EXPECT OTHERS TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR POLITICAL ISSUES? I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME IN COMMITTING TO CALL AND WRITE ASAP. I also commit to helping my friends and family do the same. I usually email them a little script they can reword to make their own. Because I am so busy trying… Read more »

My husband pleas no contest in 1983 to a misdermeanor P.C. 242 …The judge didnt order him to 290 register.In 2007 on an unrelated case (not a sex offense) he was released from prison his parole officer told him due to a new law he had to register based on his 1983 case.He is in prison for a dissuading a witness P.C.136.1 (b) (1)…Based on his 1983 misdermeanor case he is ineligible for early release and prop 57…Out of a 10 year sentence he has served 5 1/2 years .His primary offense was only 2 years…This is unconstitutional,cruel and unusual… Read more »

I am all for the idea of all inmates being treated equally. However, I’m not for anyone being released prematurely. If the masks work then there’s no need to release criminals back into society prematurely. If the masks don’t work then this is obviously all about the election. When I was incarcerated I would’ve took any avenue to get out early and I can understand where others want the same. I can understand wanting to be treated the same. But now, as a member of the general public, I do not see letting any criminals out early. Give them a… Read more »

You’re right. People convicted of sex offenses (not sex offenders) continue to be excluded. Why? Unlike other categories, they’re subject to a much harsher procedure for release, even during “ordinary” times. They must first be evaluated to determine if they’re safe for release. I disagree with the difference of treatment, but having gone through this process, why the continued fear of release?


My son too, even he is still in jail, South Bay,waiting trial, and he has predisposition to the lung diseases and respiratory illnesses, his bail was not lowered from $4,100,00, and he is in jail since December 11, 2019 when charged. I complained to DOJ, and other organisation after his PD said nothing she can do. Indeed she did nothing on preliminary hearing back in July, when SD police literally falsified the evidence, showing/playing to the judge the partial recording of the taped phone conversation between my son and his ex wife. Basically he was set up. But I think… Read more »

Janice, I did emails. Sorry, I didn’t post anything. I’m always grateful! Thank you a thousand times…

Yes we need our love ones back ,what they need is prevention healing and rehabilitation but no body cares about them.. most of the cases they not even went so far on that crime but they are treaded worst that someone that kills a person.Please remove Diaz from his desk. We need people that help us not to be there to destroy lives for ever..

Another possible way to connect with empathy is to watch this “episode” of the John Oliver show which is dedicated to the issue of COVID in prison:

I sent my letters and did calls the same day you posted Janice. We have been to Sac for lobby day two years in a row since joining ACSOL. There are no excuses people. WE MUST FIGHT! Janice is right, it’s appalling to see the lack of support in responses. Why is that! Yes we feel defeated at times, yes we all are busy, and most of us struggle financially. But we still step up the best we can. Making calls and sending letter is BASICALLY FREE! If anything, it might save a fellow registrants life. Isn’t that worth our… Read more »

Thanks very much for your commitment, @JAB!

I don’t live in California; yet I made my voice heard and I won’t back down without a fight. This is not only inhuman it is criminal what is happening in prison. I even told people who live in California to speak out not on my behalf because it could be them or a loved one very soon.

I’ll do both the calls and the letters. Hopefully the comments wont be “filed” into the circular bin.

@SR, thank you for being willing to be inconvenienced to help save lives! You are an action warrior!

The staff of the legislators really do tally calls for their bosses, and letters get a high weighting! That is how they get feel for the tides of public opinion.

I have a Loved one who is currently incarcerated for a S.O with whom would have had his case dismissed if his over thirty year old past incarceration didn’t become a factor. While he hasn’t been in the system in over thirty years a corrupt system decided to unjustly change that. while I quietly fight this fight with and for him the best we can. I simply want it to be know that I stand strong with this fight and will continue to do my part. One letter done, working on the second. Dear Governor Newsom, Covid-19 has hit California… Read more »

Thank you for posting your letter, Kym. If you don’t mind, I’ll use parts of it in my letter in mine (I don’t know anyone that’s currently incarcerated, so some parts wouldn’t apply).

You are an awesome justice warrior, @Kym! Thanks!

Wrote this to Diaz. I hope it helps. “Hello, I write to you today in hopes my words find you well. I have never written to any public servant before but these extraordinary times have made me push away my own present pains to reach out to you sir and beg for you to please modify your release plans in order to include prisoners convicted of a sex offense in the current and future prison releases. We are all humans and none of us received a handbook for this life but sex offenders seem to be put into a subhuman… Read more »

@MV, thanks for writing from the heart!

I hope it touches their hearts. This treatment of registrants needs to stop

Janice, my family appreciates everything you are doing for our loved ones in prison. We want our son released to home arrest From prison. We will all write & not give up on this fight.

My loved one has served his sentence and is home, however, it doesn’t take much imagination to think how I would feel if he were in prison waiting to become ill with Covid 19. It is now known that even if you recover from the Corona Virus there are often permanent damages to one’s heart and/or lungs. And those of us who have either been incarcerated or have friends or loved ones who have been incarcerated are aware of the indifferent medical attention inmates receive, even without Covid 19 infecting prisons. I hope that everyone will send a letter, an… Read more »

I emailed Ralph Diaz, this was the auto response.
“I will be out of the office until August 16th. If you need assistance, please contact my Executive Assistant Christina Acosta-Hoshall.”

Thank You,

I also emailed the gubner

@MLinCA, fear not, their staff eventually get around to counting the calls and mail. Communications from voters is their life blood.

Yeah, I put that I’m a registered voter in the email as well.

Sent my email to the governor, will be making calls and put together an email for Ralph Diaz.

I sent my e–mail to Secretary Ralph Diaz and will follow up with phone calls tomorrow.

Sorry for the delay. My e-mails and follow-up phone calls will go out first thing tomorrow.

@LS, thanks for being a person of action! You will help in the fight to save lives!

I have an incarcerated friend who is facing extreme danger. He is hoping for release before COVID-19 sweeps through his prison like has happened in other prisons.

🗒️ I sent my strongly worded emails yesterday. 📨
☎️I will be making my phone calls today. ☎️

@David, if we had thousands of justice warriors like you, we could have a massive impact across the nation!

I hate to break it to you, but until SCOTUS reverses its finding that registration is not punishment but merely civil, per Smith v Doe, you may have a bunch of justice warriors warring, but abso-freaking-lutely nothing is going to happen, impact wise. Just saying.

Unfortunately Justice Roberts ultimately sets the agenda. Naturally his selection to the top seat is reflected by his position in Smith V. and the collateral implications concerning gov ( competitive 2 party) use of the database driven infrastructure. Giving states the moral authority to use ex post law to compel human subservience to database machine maintenance ( upkeep of data) set a standard incongruous to defined human republics. While these registries are accurate their use are invalid within underlying intent and impact to social structure. ANTITRUST.

@Tim in WI:
“Unfortunately Justice Roberts ultimately sets the agenda.”
Not entirely true. While he is in charge of all the administrative issues for the Court, including (if not in Dissent) who writes what Opinion, he does not control what cases are heard by the Court. That decision is up to the entire banc, with four “yes” votes being what’s needed.

For some reason I was thinking it was 5. Who was the 4th swing vote that blocked Florida felon voting lawsuit? I so would’ve thought at least 4 would’ve been on board.

“For some reason I was thinking it was 5. Who was the 4th swing vote that blocked Florida felon voting lawsuit? I so would’ve thought at least 4 would’ve been on board.”
It takes 4 to get an appeal heard (i.e. petition or cert. granted), 5 to win said appeal (i.e. SCOTUS issues an Opinion in your favor). IDK who voted which way on the FL felon case as I’ve not looked into it at all.

My son was at Chuckwalla, released March, 2019. It was for a minor offense, not for a sex offense, but since he is a registered person he was treated as such. I know that I wouldn’t be able to sleep if he were there now. I can imagine just how hard this must be on loved ones of those incarcerated. I have written and will call today!

Seems like this prision ordeal has gone on long enough and its a Fools parade of pay to the piper or elso you will have to do as I say and bow down to me.. You have a president that doesn’t like democrats and is bias as he thinks republican’s are the upper crust, women that back bite any chance they get, or should one go ask Opra or Alice. One wonders who’s looking in their looking glass to predict the future. You have authorities that seem to bear down with knee chokes and government out of control, plus this… Read more »

So they released a woman in CA in her early 40’s, due to covid, from prison who was sentenced to 80 years for first degree murder after only serving 20 years and they won’t release any sex offenders?

I could understand not letting someone out early if they hurt a child in any way .
That’s not fair to child victims and there family’s that rely on the courts and the prison system for justice.
So when somebody’s released early after committing a heinous crime against a child that’s not kool ..that’s like a slap in the face after the fact .
what if that was your child or your family member I’m pretty sure everybody would want Justice to be served to the fullest extent for there child or family member as well. …..


So since they are letting those who have hurt children but not in a sexual way loose. Only those who have committed a sex crime. That makes no sense at all to me.

Everyone “except sex offenders” this needs to be brought to the front burner in everything.

Janice if this will help this letter will go out tomorrow. Here is a copy that I have written. We can all have our good days and out bad. This might help. To whom it may concern: I am a sex offender and yes I am from Virginia. You know their was a song written a long time ago by the Rascals. People got to be free. One wonders who is the rascal today? Has government gone to far, are they bearing the sword in their vain glory or does the Dept. of Justice care about these people in prison… Read more »

Just called both the Govenors office and Secretary Diaz’s office. I got in touch with actual people and left messages. If my anxious self can do it, so can you!

@BayAreaResident, you are a warrior for justice! I hope more registrants and their supporters will take inspiration from you and fight for the helpless who are incarcerated and waiting to die a horrible death alone!

You know Janice is right and yes for any civil law and order and constitutional values its standing up and speaking out. I’m glad I came to this article again tonight as it reminded me to put a stamp on my letter and get it in the mail box so the postman can pick it up. Sure anyone can get along with a system. In some ways its like a marriage if you can’t get with the program than don’t get married. I never could stand jail when I was a teen and actually who could as that’s not a… Read more »

I do not see actual change in the political environment we have today. Elvis lives on…

Correct me if i’m wrong, but when when were we ever released from prison. I still need to check in.I still am required to give any jurisdiction my info if I even step foot out of my area. I can’t leave country without telling someone. I am rejected internationally due to notices. My face is posted as a dangerous person even though I have never physically confronted another human being in anger or malice. So , honestly, am I not a prisoner for the rest of my life. Actually, in majority of cases, I personally see prison as a safer… Read more »

A.D.A.T you not wrong but right. Matter of fact I didn’t go to prison but have the same rules as you. The judge in my case didn’t really know what to do. So he just tossed it over to the PO. and thats when things started. I went thru several PO’s until they found the right one for me. We can all get confused with this offender issue/ordeal at times. Even after that myself and my PO we had our ups and downs. I remember one time my PO couldn’t make monthly visit to me so they send some younger… Read more »

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